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Vending Machines

How to Make a Donut Vending Machine

How to Make a Donut Vending Machine

Little Puffin shows how you can make a donut vending machine out of cardboard. It requires only a little soldering and no programming. But it still works like a proper vending machine, needing the right coin and all. Check out the video’s description for the materials.

Vending Machine for the Homeless

Vending Machine for the Homeless

UK-based charity group Action Hunger made the world’s first vending machine for the homeless. The machine dispenses food and other essentials, which can be accessed only by a key card obtained from a homeless center. More on the Independent.

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Roadside Lights

Roadside Lights
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Japan has over 5.5 million vending machines. While typically associated with urban life, many of these machines end up serving remote areas. Photographer Eiji Ohashi shares portraits of these lonely automatons in his photo book, Roadside Lights.

DIY Wood Drink Dispenser

DIY Wood Drink Dispenser

Natural Nerd shows how to build a countertop machine which can dispense multiple beverages. It uses aquarium pumps to move liquids into your cup. It’s best for tea, juice, and other non-carbonated drinks. Full materials list and build details available on Instructables.

DIY Candy Vending Machine

DIY Candy Vending Machine

It’s not exactly the most mechanically complex build, but we still love the idea of YouTuber Goober’s (we made a rhyme!) spring-loaded cardboard and hot glue vending machine which can dispense up to five of your favorite candies with the push of a button.

LEGO Soda Machine

LEGO Soda Machine

Superlegosam wanted a soda machine on his desk, so he did what any LEGO geek would do, and built a fully-functional vending machine using LEGO bricks and an NXT controller. It even accepts coins. He’s also got a candy machine.

No Cash Vending Machine

No Cash Vending Machine

Australian based Fantastic Delites set up some humiliation vending machines that are more interested in how far you will go for their tasty treats than taking your hard-earned cash.

Bike Repair Vending Machine

Bike Repair Vending Machine

Bike Fixtation’s vending machine sells not just snacks but tools and materials for repairing bikes as well, such as inner tubes and patch kits. Sold as is or as part of a self-service kiosk.

Vending Machine Skills

Vending Machine Skills

We usually end up on the wrong end these sort of malfunctions, with our Twizzlers wedged against the glass despite all attempts to shake them loose. For every misfortune, there is also a triumph.

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